Sikhs to join Bangkok bomb blast memorial

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Bangkok, Thailand| 20 Aug 2015 Asia Samachar |
The aftermath of the Bangkok shrine blast on Aug 20. Sikhs will join the rest of Thailand in a memorial service on Aug 21 - PHOTO BANGKOK POST
The aftermath of the Bangkok shrine blast on Aug 20. Sikhs will join the rest of Thailand in a memorial service on Aug 21 – PHOTO BANGKOK POST

Sikhs will join the rest of the Thai nation tomorrow (Aug 21) at a memorial service for victims of the bomb blast on Monday (Aug 17) that killed 20 people at a popular Bangkok shrine.

Some active volunteers from Gurdwara Siri Guru Singh Sabha, the main gurdwara in Bangkok, have sent out messages via the social media asking Sikhs gather at the gurdwara by 7am tomorrow, before moving to the memorial service at the Erawan shrine on the Ratchaprasong intersection.

This is a ‘chance to show that we love Thailand’, says one message, a copy of was received by the Asia Samachar.

The bomb blast on Monday killed 20 people and injured another 125. Among those who lost their lives were from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

AFP news agency reported on Thursday that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha said he would not attend a memorial service for the victims at the shrine on Friday because of growing fears for his safety.

The Hindu Erawan shrine, on a busy corner near top hotels, shopping centres and offices, is a major tourist attraction, especially for visitors from East Asia. Many ordinary Thais also worship there, according to a report in the Bangkok Post.

The Ratchaprasong intersection where the bombing occurred has been the site of massive political protests in the past decade and a target for bombers.

Two bombs on the Ratchaprasong Skywalk outside the nearby Siam Paragon shopping mall in February injured two people and are believed to have been politically motivated, the same report added.

 

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